Gen­try po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing child left in hot car

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

GEN­TRY — Po­lice were seek­ing a war­rant for felony child en­dan­ger­ment in the case of a 4-year-old child found in a hot car at the McKee Foods plant in Gen­try on July 24.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­leased by the Po­lice Depart­ment, the child, a 4-year-old boy, was found in the car by a McKee em­ployee about 7 p.m. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the child was able to par­tially open the car door but was un­able to get out of his car seat. The child was taken to the plant nurse and also checked by emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel but wasn’t hos­pi­tal­ized, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Po­lice es­ti­mate the child was in the car for 40 min­utes and was un­in­ten­tion­ally left in the car by the child’s fa­ther when he went to work.

Out­side tem­per­a­tures at the time were in the low 90s, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The names of the child and child’s par­ents weren’t re­leased.

In an­other in­ci­dent, Gen­try po­lice ar­rested Rhonda Atkins, 50, of Gen­try, in con­nec­tion with mis­de­meanor third-de­gree as­sault on a fam­ily or house­hold mem­ber and pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports, the in­ci­dent oc­curred in a ve­hi­cle when a fam­ily mem­ber was at­tempt­ing to give her a ride home and in the po­lice sta­tion when Atkins and the fam­ily mem­ber then came to the po­lice sta­tion for help.

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